Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli has urged his citizens to embrace herbal medicine in the fight against coronavirus that has so far infected 284 people in the East African nation.

In his state address on Wednesday, Magufuli instructed the ministry of health under the stewardship of Ummy Mwalimu to champion the gospel of traditional medicine.

Tanzanian Minister for Health Ummy Mwalimu. PHOTO/COURTESY

“I want to request you my fellow Tanzanians, let us embrace other traditional ways of fighting coronavirus. I want the ministry of health to insist on this.”

“This is a scientific thing, steam above 100°c temperature can blow up that virus. Those using onions and neem tree (mwarubaine), please go on,” the head of state urged.

Magufuli played down the talk of locking down Dar es Salaam, despite rubbishing the fumigation of the city.

Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania. PHOTO/COURTESY

“There are those with the opinion of locking down Dar es Salaam. That is impossible. Dar es Salaam is the chief collection centre for our country’s revenue,” he said.

“However the fumigation that has been going on in Dar es Salaam is total bullshit. Chlorine does not kill coronavirus. It can only be killed using alcohol or soap,” added Magufuli.

Magufuli’s call to Tanzania’s comes barely a day after his Madagascar compatriot Andry Rajoelina launched a coronavirus ‘cure’, a ceremony that was snubbed by the World Health Organization.

Madagascar president Andry Rajoelina (pictured) took the concoction himself on Tuesday. PHOTO/COURTESY

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